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God Writes Straight on Crooked Lines

The arrival of the De La Salle Brothers in Australia


In the early years of the twentieth century, Cardinal Patrick Moran made requests to the De La Salle Brothers for men to staff his schools in Sydney. In 1904, the Paris Superiors responded and decided to send a group of Irish and French brothers. An advance party of the Irish Provincial and two French brothers was sent first. By then Moran had waived his claim in favour of his colleague, Bishop Joseph O’Connor of Armidale.

The advance party arrived in Armidale in August 1905. They were joined by the main group of five Irish and seven French brothers in January 1906, and the new De La Salle College opened in February. Trouble, however, was not slow in rising, for the Bishop and clergy could not see that there was any place for the French brothers in their country diocese. In April, therefore, these men left Australia for Ceylon, where the De La Salle Institute was already well established and flourishing.

This book recounts these events, filling in the background that led to them and what followed. In particular, it introduces readers to the members of this group of pioneers.
It is a fascinating account of the beginnings of the De La Salle Institute in Australia.


Star Features
• Thorough research into the first group of De La Salle Brothers to come to Australia.
• Detailed profile of each member of the group.
• Inspirational account of pioneers travelling far from their homeland and overcoming adversity.
• Honest account of the internal difficulties such early pioneers faced within the church.
• Highly readable account of a significant period of Australia’s Catholic history.
God Writes Straight on Crooked Lines
ISBN: 9780975114824
$ 24.95


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